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Return to school Monday 8th March 2021 and Rapid Flow Testing for coronavirus

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on the 22nd February we are pleased to be reopening the school to all pupils during the week beginning 8th March. We know that schools are the best place for pupils to learn, as well as develop socially and emotionally and we are really looking forward to welcoming them back.  Safety is of course paramount in our planning and order to ensure a safe return for pupils and staff, we will be staggering pupils’ return to enable Lateral Flow testing to take place.

Your child’s participation in Lateral Flow testing keeps us all safe by reducing the risk of asymptomatic transmission and set them up for the new home testing regime that the government will launch.

Schedule

Friday 5th March 

  • Staff training (school closed to pupils)
  • Year 9 Webinar – Careers in Law 10.00– 10 55 am (All Year 9 to join) 
  • Year 11 Webinar – Post 16 Options, London Screen Academy 10.00- 10 55 am (All Year 11 to join) 

Pupils will receive a calendar invite through Teams for the above events 

Monday 8th March 

  • School open for vulnerable pupils and children of critical workers
  • Year 11 and 10 pupils come on site in full school uniform for Lateral Flow Tests (Appointment times to be confirmed). They will be set work to complete independently when at home.
  • Year 7, 8 and 9 will be set work in line with their timetabled lessons

Tuesday 9th March 

  • School open for vulnerable pupils and children of critical workers
  • Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils come on site in full school uniform for Lateral Flow Tests (Appointment times to be confirmed). They will be set work to complete independently when at home.
  • Year 10 and 11 will be set work in line with their timetabled lessons

Wednesday 10th March

  • Full return of all pupils to school 

Lateral Flow Testing 

Lateral Flow Tests will help staff and pupils to remain in school safely. Up to one third of people who have coronavirus experience no symptoms. By testing we will help to stop the virus spread and help to keep our school open as safely as possible. The test is voluntary, but I would encourage everyone to take it.

Pupils will have 3 in-school tests a minimum of 3 days apart before moving on to home testing. 

If you have not already done so, please complete the consent form below as soon as possible, but no later than Thursday 4th March.

 

Year First Test Date   Times
11 

 

Monday 8th March TBC

 

10

 

Monday 8th March TBC

 

9

 

Tuesday 9th March TBC

 

8

 

Tuesday 9th March TBC

 

 

Tuesday 9th March TBC

  

Key information and forms

  1. Getting school ready – Behaviour & Attendance Handbook 2021
  2. How to carry out your test information leaflet
  3. Rapid Flow Testing – Consent Form (Online submission)
  4. Rapid Flow Testing – Consent Form (Print and return on the testing day)

About the tests

  • This testing programme at school is for people with no symptoms. If your child develops symptoms at any time (such as a high temperature; a new, continuous cough; or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste) they must immediately self-isolate, and book a test by calling 119 (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) or 0300 303 2713 (Scotland) or visiting https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test.
  • Those taking the test will be supervised by trained staff. The ‘lateral flow’ tests are quick and easy using a swab of your nose and throat. Pupils can take their own swab under the supervision of staff.
  • Results (which take around half an hour from testing) will be shared directly with parents and the pupil participating.
  • We know these tests work – in validation studies conducted by Oxford University and Public Health England, they were shown to be as accurate in identifying a case as a PCR test (99.68% specificity). The tests have lower sensitivity but they are better at picking up cases when a person has higher viral load, hence the need to test frequently.
  • Testing is offered free of charge.
  • If your child tests negative, they will be able to stay in school and resume their activities as normal. A pupil will only be told if they test positive on a ‘lateral flow’ test, so if you do not hear you can assume it was negative. A small number of pupils may need to repeat the test if the first test was invalid or void for some reason.
  • If a pupil tests positive they will be informed about their results individually and parents or legal guardians notified. Guidance on safe travel and additional precautions will be provided along with test results. 

If you are happy for your child to be tested, please fill in the consent form above or you may prefer to hand in a paper copy on day of testing.